A Welcome Surprise with ⎕CMD

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A Welcome Surprise with ⎕CMD

Postby Dick Bowman on Tue Jul 13, 2010 4:24 pm

This was a surprise to me...

foo w
:Select w
:Case 0
⎕CMD'notepad.exe' ''
∘ ⍝ Stop after 2-element
:Case 1
∘ ⍝ Stop after 1-element

Doesn't seem to be documented. Wondering whether it's a bug or a feature. APL/W-64 12.1 Windows 7.

Apologies for timewasting if it is well-recognised behaviour.
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Re: A Welcome Surprise with ⎕CMD

Postby kai on Tue Jul 13, 2010 4:50 pm

I have no idea what "element" means; certainly not the options, because than 2 would be either 0 or 1 and 1 might actually be 1 - or 2.

I also wonder what exactly you are surprised about...
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Re: A Welcome Surprise with ⎕CMD

Postby Phil Last on Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:29 am

foo 0 runs ⎕cmd with two elements and control passes back to APL immediately leaving notepad running concurrently.
foo 1 runs ⎕cmd with one element and waits for notepad to complete.

Yes, it is documented, or at least I knew about it so I must have gained that knowledge from somewhere.

Ah here we are:

Lang Ref - System functions - System Operations - Windows Command
Executing a windows Command (simple string)
Executing a Windows Program (two strings)
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